Tuscany Times

168th Lighthouse School in the Nation, Building Leaders

Tuscany Heights Elementary

Tuscany Heights is the 168th Lighthouse School in the Nation as recognized by Stephen Covey. Through student leadership, we grow leaders that encompass a growth mindset and establish lifelong skills that will support our students as they grow into adults. Our mission is a living action statement that we use to guide Team Tuscany, as we do great things for all.

"We, THE Tigers, will be inspired to LEAD, HONOR, and EXCEL today!"

Bailey's Bulletin


It is always my pleasure to start off upbeat and positive about our week, but unfortunately, our hearts have been heavy this week due to an unexpected turn that has brought saddens to the community and the Tuscany Heights Family. I do want to take a moment to acknowledge Mrs. Brooke Wilkison for her contributions to our school. She was a fabulous volunteer going above and beyond. We often refer to her as the Tuscany Heights "Ray of Sunshine" in the building. We truly are blessed to have known her. The amazing community support for the family and school is very much appreciated. Thank you for remembering the Wilkison Family as the days move forward.

We venture into the Dino-Mite Book Fair this coming week! Watchout for the Dinosaurs!!!

We are also celebrating our amazing Tuscany Heights Staff for Staff Appreciation Week. Our theme will be "Up"!

The 7UPs of teaching...

Great staff help children to:

RISE UP to meet their challenges,

SOAK UP so much knowledge,

SHAPE UP their behavior and character,

LIVE UP to their potential,

STEP UP to difficult tasks,

GROW UP to be responsible citizens,

BUILD UP their self esteems.

We are so UPlifted to have the staff members that we do here at THE! Thank you for helping me show them our love and appreciation.

As always, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us! They are the heartbeat of our school.

Proud Principal,

Tara Bailey

Tuscany Happenings

MONDAY, May 6th - FRIDAY, May 10th- Staff Appreciation Week for Staff at THE, SPRING DINO-MITE BOOK FAIR - Watch out for DINOSAURS

*Mon- 8:00am-4:00pm

*Tues- 8:00am-7:30pm

*Wed- 8:00am-4:00pm

*Thurs- 8:00am-4:00pm

*Fri- 8:00am-12pm

TUESDAY, May 7th- PTA Mtg @ 6:30pm followed by the Barnyard MOO-sical by 2nd grade Performance

FRIDAY, May 17th- 5th Grade Maturation for Boys, 2pm

MONDAY, May 13th - 3rd & 4th Math STAAR, 5th Math STAAR Retesters (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

TUESDAY, May 14th- 3rd & 4th Reading STAAR, 5th Reading STAAR Retesters (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

WEDNESDAY, May 15th - 5th Science STAAR (Closed Campus to visitors & volunteers)

FRIDAY, May 17th @ 7:15am Alumni Walk and Breakfast

TUESDAY, May 21st- 4th Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am, Jet's Pizza Eat for a Cause, PVSA Awards Ceremony @ 7:15am

FRIDAY, May 31st- FIELD DAY & End of the Year Party Day

TUESDAY, June 4th- 3rd Grade Battle of the Books @ 8:15am

WEDNESDAY, June 5th- Bill Perryman's 4th & 5th Grade Presentation between 8-11am

THURSDAY, June 6th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students, 5th Grade Celebration Ceremony

2nd Grade Barnyard Musical




· Monday, May 6th at 8:30a.m. & 9:30 a.m. Students will perform for the School (PLEASE WEAR COSTUME TO SCHOOL AND BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES)

· Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. Students will perform for the PTA Program (WEAR COSTUME) Students report to their teacher’s classroom by 6:20 p.m.

Everyone will wear farm clothes unless otherwise told about an animal costume: blue jeans, overalls, plaid shirt, boots, braids, bandanas, NO HATS please!

Pigs: Pig noses and ears will be provided. Girls: please wear a pink solid t-shirt and pink tights or leggings, a tutu will be provided. Boys: Please wear a pink solid t-shirt that looks “messy”. These pigs have gotten into the mud. Hair can be messed up too with smudges of “mud” all over shirt and face.

Cows: Shirts and ears will be provided. Girls: please wear black leggings. Boys: please wear black jeans

Goats: Apron, chef hats, beards and horns are being provided. Boys and Girls: please wear blue jeans and white t shirt

Horses: White shirt with mane, tail, and ears are being provided. Boys and Girls: please wear white sweats or jeans

Sheep: White shirts with cotton balls and ears are being provided. Boys: Wear black jeans Girls: wear black leggings

Chickens: Yellow shirts with feathers, glasses and beak are being provided. Boys wear blue jeans. Girls wear black leggings

Kerri Rivera kriver@neisd.net and Lily Drake rdrake1@neisd.net

Reaching New Heights, Tuscany Heights PTA

Staff Appreciation Week 5/6-5/10

Let’ show our Tuscany Heights teachers and staff how much we appreciate them this week! Our Staff Appreciation Committee has put together a fun schedule as a way to get all of our students involved. Participation is completely voluntary and you’re always welcome to come up with your own ways to appreciate your student’s teacher/s as well! This year’s theme is the Disney movie Up…Monday is Read UP! – purchase a gift certificate for the book fair for your teacher, Tuesday is Lift UP! – write your teacher an uplifting note, Wednesday is Sweeten UP Specials! – bring in a sweet treat for special area teachers, Thursday is Brighten UP! – bring a flower (real, artificial, handmade or drawn) for your teacher, Friday is Stock UP! – help your teacher stock up on school supplies.

PTA Membership Meeting and 2nd Grade Musical Performance Tuesday 5/7

Join us Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the cafeteria for our last PTA Membership Meeting of this school year and the 2nd grade musical performance of Barnyard Moosical!

Open Executive Board Positions

We are still in the process of filling the Tuscany Heights PTA Officer and Committee Chair positions for the 2019-2020 school year, and we need YOU! A list of brief descriptions of each available officer and committee chair position are listed on a document attached to this eblast, or you can contact president@tuscanyheightspta.org for more information. If you enjoy school wide events like Field Day, Bike Rodeo, Family Dances, Run for the Heights with Boosterthon, and also want your students to enjoy field trips, assemblies and STEAM presentations throughout the year, then please consider stepping up and joining our amazing THE PTA.

Alumni Scholarship 2019

If you know of a high school student who is graduating this spring and attended THE for one or more years, please let him/her know about our THE Alumni Scholarship! This link will take you to the application page:


We look forward to celebrating this year’s THE “Alumni” at our Alumni Walk and Breakfast on Friday May 17th.

Lost and Found!

With the warmer weather our lost & found is once again overflowing! Please have your student/s stop by the rotunda or visit the stage in the cafeteria to look for any missing items. We have more sweatshirts, sweaters, hoodies, vests, coats, shirts, lunchboxes and water bottles than we can count! We will display all lost & found items through Tuesday May 7th, after that we will be bagging up all remaining items and donating them to the NEISD Clothes Closet.

THE Tiger Spirit Store is still Open!

You can still access our online spirit store to purchase spirit items and/or donate to Greenbacks and join PTA. Go to www.TuscanyHeightsPTA.org and click on the Tiger Spirit Store section! Some quantities/sizes are limited, but we still have orange STEAM spirit shirts, navy boys and girls shorts, navy ladies shirt, and navy women’s hats so place your order today!

Save the Date!

Important Dates to mark on your calendars:

5/6 – 5/10 – Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday 5/7 6:30pm – PTA Membership Meeting/2nd Grade Musical Performance

Friday 5/17 7:15am – Alumni Walk and Breakfast

Tuesday 5/21 7:15am – PVSA Awards Ceremony

Friday 5/31 - Field Day

Thursday 6/6 – 5th Grade Ceremony and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Plug in with PTA and Back the Future!

THE PTA Website www.tuscanyheightspta.org

Tuscany Heights Volunteers Link


May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Churchill High School wants to invite you and your school community to this outstanding documentary on anxiety. Mental health is a priority right now and we need to start having conversations about mental health. More and more students are coming to school with anxiety and we need to educate ourselves, our staff and our parents.

Churchill is excited to host 2 screenings of ANGST on Wednesday, May 8. Please encourage your parent community to attend this awesome event.

6:30-PM- Open to all community! Parents are encouraged to bring their child if they are over 10 years old

Question and Answer Panel and Resource Tables

For more info check out the trailer! https://angstmovie.com/

Tejeda Middle School Summer Recreation Camp 2019

WHEN: June 10-June 27 Monday-Thursday 8a.m.-12p.m.

Come and have fun and stay active with a variety of activities.

Drop off is at the Tejeda gym, no earlier than 7:30. Pick up is by 12:15 each day ( we end at 12)

COST: $80 cash, check or credit card( card may only be used by going through the link) If you register in person it is cash or check made payable to Tejeda Middle School.

Questions regarding summer Recreation – contact coordinator - Dana Dutson ddutso@neisd.net

WHO: INCOMING 6th, 7th and 8th graders welcome to attend!!!!!


(right click to open the link for registration form – Choose Tejeda and Other-Coed)

Johnson High School Spirit Night

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Message from Bush Middle School PTA (Future 6th Grade Families)

Current and Incoming Bush Parents,

My name is Mark Morgan and I am the 2019-2020 PTA President for Bush Middle School. I am so excited to partner with dedicated parents and our hardworking staff and administration to “Back the Future”. The following parents have been elected to serve alongside me this year on the PTA Executive Board:

President-Elect – Kauti Nicholls 4th VP – Annette Macias (Volunteers)

1st VP – Penny Raisor (Aide) Secretary – Kelly Lespeska

2nd VP – Debe Wentworth (Ways and Means) Treasurer – Denise Trevino

3rd VP – Audra Frigon (Communications)

I am equally excited to, along with all of you, show our students what it means to lead, as Bush’s PTA leads in volunteerism. With that being said, please consider serving on the PTA Board for the 2019-2020 school year in one of the following positions:

Advocacy – To make the PTA board and membership aware of the legislative process and to keep them informed of pending legislative actions at the local, state, and national level.

ADEPT (Red Ribbon Week) – Works with counselors to organize activities to promotes a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Plan and implement all activities associated with District Red Ribbon Week.

Arts in Education (Reflections)Work with PTA council to implement Reflections fine arts contest.

Awards (PVSA) – Encourage students’ citizenship by volunteering in our community and to increase their awareness of community needs. The Bush PVSA award ceremony is usually in early May. Update information for the Welcome Packet, write updated information about PVSA to put on the Bush website, provide brief reminder articles for the PTA Facebook, review students’ logs for award validation, place order with the PVSA organization for awards, invite parents and students receiving the award to the ceremony; plan and run the award ceremony.

Bulldog Festival – Assists school administrators in coordinating volunteers for Bulldog festival (Sept/Oct).

Campus Beautification Work with school administration to establish a plan and implement a project to help improve the aesthetics of the campus.

Eighth Grade Activities (Co-Chair) – Work with committee chair, along with student council to plan for the 8th grade dance, held at Piper Bass. Work with the Chair to plan the 8th grade party which is held at NEISD Sports Park.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation – Plan, organize and implement multiple faculty appreciation events throughout the year as needed and as budget allows. Dates are determined with Administration in June. This position can have a committee of several volunteers.

Faculty/Appreciation (Co-Chair) Work with committee chair to plan, organize, and implement multiple faculty appreciation events throughout the year.

HEALS – Coordinate health education services and training with school nurse including, but not limited to health screenings sponsored by NEISD Health Services Department.

Hospitality/Courtesy – Coordinate refreshments for PTA programs/events, holiday luncheon, and end of year transition meeting. Send cards, letter of thanks, condolences, congratulations, etc. as deemed necessary.

Lost and Found – Visits lost and found room routinely and attempt to return items that are clearly marked with student’s name. Display items monthly during lunch. Wash PE clothes and give to coaches/counselors for children in need. Deliver to remaining clothes to NEISD Clothes Closet at year’s end.

Lunchroom – Attend four meetings per year at NEISD Nutrition Center to receive information on nutrition and evaluate foods. Give feedback using the NEISD PTA Lunchroom Report and report to the board at meetings.

Membership – Create a plan to encourage year-round enrollment, beginning with Pup Camp and Welcome Packets. Submit membership to website and work with administration to ensure 100% staff participation. Submit for membership milestone awards.

Partners in PTA (formerly Sister School) – Focused on developing PTA relationship between Campuses to build up each PTA in our district. The goal is for PIP communication to occur between PTA leaders on partner campuses so that they can define how this relationship can be mutually beneficial. Windcrest Middle School is our PIP.

Special Education – Be the liaison between the PTA and the Special Education department.

Spirit Items – Design and arrange for production of the school spirit shirt for the next year. All designs must be approved through he President and School Principal before ordered. Coordinate with President shirt distribution for website orders, and welcome back packets. Responsible for selling shirts at various school events until shirts are sold.

Used Book Sale (Co-Chair) – Assist chair with collection and sorting of books for NEISD used book sale.

Volunteers (Attendance Office) – Coordinate Attendance Office volunteer schedule and training for Attendance Office volunteers.

Volunteers (Front Office) – Coordinate Front Office volunteer schedule and training for Front Office volunteers.

Volunteers (Library) – Coordinate Library volunteer schedule and training for Library volunteers.

Volunteers (School Sales) Help the school with their beginning of the year fundraiser. You will work with school administration book keeper to acquire volunteers to count money, and/or hand out prizes at lunch.

Volunteers (Workroom) – Solicit and coordinate volunteers to assist in making copies for Bush faculty.

Website – Keep Bush PTA website up to date. Coordinate the beginning and end of spirit sales as needed on the website.

Welcome Back Packets – Obtain approval, and make copies for the Bush PTA Welcome Packets. Solicit volunteers to collate, stuff and organize the packets for distribution. Summer work required during August.

Our Executive Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30am (please contact me if you are interested, but meetings pose a concern). If you are interested in a position, please email your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices to kautinicholls@gmail.com by May 15. Positions will be filled based on order of interest. Parents in filled positions will be invited to our Executive Board Transition Meeting on May 22nd. Please contact via email with questions or concerns. Thank you.

Kindest regards,

Mark Morgan


Bush Middle School PTA President (2019-2020)

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